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It would be useful to know this because I have made a 64 character hex private key by hand and generated the address without storing the key in WIF format. I don’t want to go online, input the hex key and have it rejected.

Of course I could try it out with a small amount in a sloppy wallet, but it would be easier for someone to tell me.

  • WIF stands for "Wallet Interchange Format" - the standard way for importing/exporting bitcoin private keys. Yes, it is possible to keep private keys in HEX, BASE64 and 100500 other formats. But why should anyone implement them? – amaclin Aug 28 '14 at 9:14
  • Why? Because I made a random 64 character hex key not using a computer. And offline, I found the B58Check address which that key makes and then paid some Bitcoin into it. I now want to redeem the money. – Peter Aug 28 '14 at 9:47
  • You can use brainwallet.github.io (1) set "Get Address From" to "Secret Exponent" (2) type your hex key into the field "Secret Exponent" (3) get your private key in WIF format in the field "Private Key" – amaclin Aug 28 '14 at 10:01
  • @amaclin: That is precisely what he says, in his second sentence, that he doesn't want to do. – Nate Eldredge Aug 28 '14 at 15:40

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